We’re always on the lookout for great Sunday Brunches in Brussels and we’re thrilled the La Britannique team is back with the Secret Garden Table d’Hôte in Forest.
This post is of the good news / bad news variety, (But don’t worry. It’s mostly good.) If you spend any time on our FaceBook Page, you’ll know that we spend a lot of time at Britxos (To the point we call it CheeseWeb HQ South.) Sadly, our beloved Britxos is closing for the summer – the bad news.
However, we’d like to focus on the (very) good news. Chef Alex has reinstated his table d’hôte Sunday brunches, in his new location in Forest. We were lucky to be among the first few people to experience his new Secret Garden dining experience.
We first met Chef Alex at a Mexican Brunch hosted by La Britannique. Since then, we’ve been raving fans. But as much as we loved the Sunday brunches (and everything else) at Britxos, we have to say, we missed the intimacy of the table d’hôte concept. The Secret Garden had everything we missed and more.
If you know the old La Britannique location, the Secret Garden is just around the corner. We passed through the main building and headed towards the back yard. We found ourselves in (you guessed it) a little hidden garden and were welcomed into Alex’s new home.
His space is lovely and open, with a large dining table in view of the kitchen (all the better to watch the master at work!) There is also a cosy collection of sofas to curl up on, while enjoying a welcome drink. Being Sunday brunch, we opted for some bubbles, but there were fresh juices on offer as well.
As the other guests trickled in, we watched Alex prepare a little starter – croissants filled with a pumpkin pure filling. Divine!
The great thing about this brunch concept is the ability to meet and mingle with other guests. We had Americans, Italians, Hungarians and Belgians, among others, to chat with, while we watched Alex prepare our meal.
The food is served family style and we dug in with pleasure. Our first course included poached eggs on pancetta-wrapped endive.
Then we moved on to a delicious Pistachio and Pomegranate Pilav with Shredded Chicken. The rice was spicy and filled with flavour and contrasted nicely with the mountain of fresh herbs.
We also had plump ricotta dumplings and a veggie casserole of aubergine, courgette, tomatoes and cheese. Wonderful.
Our dessert of fruit pancakes was so good, we forgot to take photos… oops!
We’re looking forward to many more Secret Garden brunches over the summer and the re-opening of the new, improved Britxos in the fall. You can rest assured we’ll have all the latest news from the team at La Britannique for you.
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